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How to be happy

Jan 23, 2015

If you’re like me, by the time Friday rolls around, sometimes I need a serious attitude check. Especially when your to-do list keeps growing, but the days seem to be getting shorter and shorter. Often times it makes me want to spend my Friday night just curled up with a pizza and a blanket (no shame, no shame).

It’s easy to get wrapped up in stress, which steals away our otherwise cheerful and happy selves. Not today though, sister! Do any of these 7 tricks today for an instant mood boost!

1. Compliment somebody

This might sound strange, but I’m always surprised with how complimenting somebody results in an instant surge of happiness. Not just a “hey, nice shirt” compliment, but a real, sincere compliment. It could be a coworker, or even better, the girl with the amazing hair that you see on the train everyday. Random acts of kindness are always a mood booster for both parties, and a reminder that the little things in the world make a big difference. Try it, I promise, it works!

2. Swipe on some red lipstick

My tried and true method. If you’ve stuck around GG long enough, you’ve heard me say this before. I feel very strongly that a girl can conquer the world with a good red lipstick. I don’t know what it is, but it has to be red. I suppose it’s because red is the ultimate color of confidence– it’s an attitude adjustment in a tube, I swear. Back when I worked in advertising, sometimes I’d even put it on for presentations, even though they were over the phone and nobody could see me. Something about it makes me more confident. Red lipstick = go time.

3. Take a walk around the block

Something about the fresh air does wonders for your mood. Take a quick break and get outside whenever you’re feeling stressed or down. If you don’t have time for a break during the work day, try taking the long way to work or the long way home. I love going for walks by the lake and listening to one of my favorite podcasts as a way to tune out. (Pssst I made a list of my favorites you can see here!)

4. Drink a cold glass of lemon water

Soo random, right? I just discovered this the other day and it was like, WOAH! For me, this week has been super stressful, as it is most times one tries to cram in 5 days of work into 4. I’ve been trying to drink more water lately and I took a quick break and decided to pop a lemon into my water, and it completely brightened my mood. Citrus contains vitamin C, which not only boosts your immunity, but it’s thought to reduce stress related hormones. I mean…makes sense to me!

5. Click back to 2007 on your Facebook timeline

Wow. Just, wow, is all I have to say. The amount of photos I have on the internet of me and my friends being complete idiots are remarkable. Who can’t look back to 2007 and laugh at what they were wearing, the silly shenanigans they were getting into. I, for one, can tell you that I was wearing very large metallic belts, various stripper-like heels, and there are a frightening number of photos of me in a homemade indian costume (I remember I had a dance class final the morning after a “Cowboys and Indians” party with war paint stains on my face.) HELLO how does time traveling not make you so happy? That made me giggle just typing this paragraph. (Disclaimer: non-millennials probably won’t get much out of this tip, sorry, Mom!)

6. Look last year’s birthday cards

Sometimes I’ll save my birthday cards and open them weeks or even months later, a couple at a time, for when I need a little boost of cheerfulness. I did that this year, and it made them so much more special. If you already opened all of yours (like most normal people) the effect is the same if you glance over them from time to time. Little reminders of how much you are loved always lead to a happier mindset.

7. Watch this video

If you didn’t see me tweet this the other day, read this article and then watch the video right now! I don’t remember the last time I watched something online and smiled this hard. It also makes me love this band SO much more! (Can you guess who I’m talking about now?) I don’t care if you’ve already seen it, watch it again.

What are your go-to tips for a shot of happy?

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